I can’t stop ogling at these photorealistic oil paintings of cacti by Korean artist Kwongho Lee – probably because my brain hasn’t fully grasped the fact that they aren’t photographs. The details are shockingly realistic, it’s no wonder that Lee has spent countless hours experimenting with various techniques with his paintbrush and canvas. Honestly, wow.



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I Do, Esqueleto

Gone are the days of the traditional, single solitaire diamond engagement ring. I just love the variety of options for couples these days, like simple stackable bands and rings with colored diamonds, vintage settings, and organic textures. I mean, how swoon worthy are these weighty engagement stacks, so delightfully curated by Esqueleto, one of my favorite designations for uniquely crafted jewels? Inspired to reconfigure my own pile . . .



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The 200 Pound Turban

This is quite possibly the best thing I’ve stumbled across in recent months. Check out how how Baba Avtar Singh, a Sikh living in Northern India, ties his famously large turbans. Mr. Singh uses 2,460 feet of fabric and 100 pounds of weighty silver adornments to create his masterful symbol of Sikh pride – and still manages to walk and ride his motobike ever so gracefully. Watch the process. It’s the most beautiful sight . . .

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& Other Stories x Vans

We love it when two mismatched brands unexpectedly come together for killer collaboration. Feminine European label & Other Stories just released a capsule collection, in conjunction with California favorite Vans, that consists of three leather sneakers that include Slip Ons splattered with polka dots and Old Skools in a perfectly neutral blush shade. So good. And by the way, I still plan on rocking Vans when I’m 86, just like model Daphne Selfe.



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DIY Embroidered Photo Books + Artifact Uprising Giveaway

It’s hard to believe that our little munchkin will be turning 2 in just a couple months. Where did the time go?! No, honestly. I know it sounds so cliché but I am constantly in awe of how quickly Quincy has been growing and learning and how easily I can sometimes forget when even the littlest yet still significant moments happened in the past 22 months. Just the other day, I was looking through photos on the computer – of moments captured during his first few minutes in the world, his first laugh, his first taste of real food, and his first steps. I was immediately overcome with heartfelt nostalgia and a sudden determination to get those photos off the screen and into something tangible and personal. So after sorting all of my most lived photographs by month, I created 2 gorgeous soft cover photobooks on Artifact Uprising, my absolute favorite destination for high quality photo prints. And of course, they also inspired me to add another personal touch – embroidery! It’s just a little something that makes these prints and books that much more special. So follow along as I show you how easy it is to do. And, stay tuned after the jump for a giveaway with Artifact Uprising that should not be missed . . .


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